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Spatial Rupture

Onomatopee 50.6

 

Willem Claassen makes operational settings. We encounter these as active environments as they function and thus offer us a sphere of functionality to relate with. As such Willem Claassen’s work touches on the realm of design: his work does function and adheres to our real, economic world likewise. The capacity to materialise applied awe might be the reason why amusement park attractions are competitive with arts: they are more effective in terms of entertainment as their function is subordinate to instant joy Willem Claassen’s work releases a similar type of joy, yet is subversive to the economics of experience as it disrupts their instantly satisfying ambiguous unity of function and narration. This surreal sensory field disrupts our anchors to reality. He breaks the chain of design’s economically imprinted spirits and materialises space for artistically produced doubt within wondrous spheres.

In the accompanying publication, artist and cultural entrepreneur Michiel Huijben playfully describes Willem’s stance towards stuff and processing functionality, building upon some eBay search results of stuff Willem checked. Freek Lomme, director of Onomatopee, pseudo-philosophically maps the operational realm of Willem Claassens ‘applied untensils’, while curator/writer Gerben Willers sums up and unifies a rather associative list of related matter.

Publication

Onomatopee 50.6, Willem Claassen, 2011

Spatial Rupture

€ 10

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Type
Softcover
Dimensions
170 x 230 MM / 6.69 x 9.05 inch (portrait)
Pages
63
ISBN
978-90-78454-69-4
Editor
Freek Lomme
Author
Michiel Huijben, Gerben Willers, Freek Lomme
Graphic
Raw Color
Artist
Willem Claassen
Language
English
Binding
sewn and glued
Edition
500 loose copies, 500 bound in cassete
Color
Full color and duotones
Printer
New Goff, Ghent (BE)
Text editor
Clare Butcher
Curator
Freek Lomme
Copy editor
Ellen Zoete
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Onomatopee 50.5-50.8, Freek Lomme, Ellen Zoete, 2012

Comfort Zone and Disillusion

a box with four separated readers on heyheyhey, Willem Claassen, Nacho Carbonell and Jozua Zaagman plus an extra reader exploring the theme.

€ 25

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cassette box with four books of each of the Comfort Zone and Disillusion series, plus an extra reader with overall essay’s on the subject.

Type
casette with four softcovers and 1 stapled booklet
Dimensions
170 x 230 MM / 6.69 x 9.05 inch (portrait)
ISBN
978-90-78454-81-6
Editor
Freek Lomme
Author
various
Graphic
Raw Color
Artist
various
Edition
500
Curator
Freek Lomme
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